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January 28, 2008

my.1password.com – Incredible Online Security with Just One Password (Mac Only)

With nearly every service-based web site and webapp requiring a user ID and password, life can quickly get complex. Or worse yet, life may become highly insecure. On the one hand, we all should be using complex passwords to thwart off hackers but remembering them becomes a huge burden. Most of the time, we fall into the habit of using a single, easy-to-remember password across a number of sites. Unfortunately, this is the online equivalent of handing your car keys off to a thief. Over the past year I have come to know and love the Mac software application, 1Password. 1Password provides a highly secure repository for all of your online passwords and other sensitive information. Through browser-level integration, you can quickly save passwords into the 1Password application and retrieve previously saved passwords all with the click of a button. 1Password can also generate complex passwords for you which will frustrate even the most ardent hacker. But alas, how does this review fit into a web site which focuses on web-based applications? My friends at 1Password have recently unveiled what I will go on the record as saying, the single most useful webapp to date. With my.1Password.com, users are now able to safely synchronize their passwords from their local 1Password Mac application to the web enabling access on virtually any browser. You can now safely randomize and strengthen your online logins while only needing to remember a single password.

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Practical Uses:

  • Capture and store every web site login
  • Tighten up your passwords, especially at sites which contain your financial information
  • Auto populate the login fields using the included bookmarklet
  • Save other sensitive information such as social security numbers for future reference

Insider Tips:

  • Setup a reminder on your calendar to sync your information to My1Password from the Mac application once per week
  • For greater safety use a different password for you My1Password account than your encryption password on the Mac application

What We Liked:

  • Highly secure web-based interface (data stored on the server remains encrypted at all times)
  • Compatible with all modern web browsers — even the Apple iPhone
  • Auto logout after predetermined time

What We Didn’t Like:

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Company Info:

  • Launched in: December, 2007 (my.1password.com)
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Toronto, Canada
  • Founders: Dave Teare, Roustem Karimov
  • Web site: https://my.1password.com/

Costs:

  • 1Password software for Mac runs $34.95-$49.95
  • My1Password is free for now but available to invited users only

Rating:

  • 5 out of 5 (strongly recommended)

Disclosure: Affiliate links included in review

my.1password.com Home Page

my.1password.com Decryption Screenshot

my.1password.com Settings Screenshot

my.1password.com Bookmarklet Instructions Screenshot

my.1password.com Bookmarklet Usage Screenshot